iMac Advice Needed

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thescrod, May 6, 2011.

  1. thescrod macrumors newbie

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    Ready to take the plunge on a new iMac but looking for some configuration advice. I am replacing a Windows system that drives (4) 19" 4:3 monitors. I am not a power user from a standpoint of the programs that I run (Outlook, Word, Excel, Acrobat and Firefox) but I do like lots of screen real estate and like to have lots of windows open at once. I intend to run at least 1, if not 2, additional monitors off of this 27" iMac. I intend to get 8 GB of RAM regardless. I also hope to hook up a TV tuner and my DirectTV box. That said, which one of these systems will handle my load or the better question is can either of the first 2, the less expensive configurations, do it?

    Configuration Options:
    1) 2.7 i5, 8 GB, 512 MB Video
    2) 3.1 i5, 8 GB, 1 GB Video
    3) 3.1 i5, 8 GB, 2 GB Video
    4) 3.4 i7, 8 GB, 1 GB Video
    5) 3.4 i7, 8 GB, 2 GB Video

    Money is tight but I don't want to make a mistake.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    If you don't do anything graphics intensive, then the base 27" should be fine. AMD 6770M is capable of running up to six displays so it shouldn't have any issues driving three at the same time. Buy the extra RAM from aftermarket though, you save a lot $.
     
  3. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    To add to the esteemed Hellhammer's comment: aftermarket RAM is easy to fit. It's not major surgery, or anything. It won't invalidate your warranty.
     
  4. thescrod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You started it...

    So I buy the system with 4 (2x2)?
    Do I then buy 4 more (2x2) or 8 (4x2) for a total replacement?
    How many slots does it have?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    iMac has four RAM slots. You can either buy 2x2GB or 1x4GB to bump the RAM to 8GB. If you ever plan on upgrading it to more than 8GB, then getting 1x4GB is the wisest choice since it leaves you an empty slot for future updates. Price wise they are about the same too.
     

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